National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. The Museum's stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.

Take a guided tour or wander solo through the many exhibitions. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history.

At Kspace, the Museum's new interactive kids' adventure game played in teams of 4, kids design a time-travelling robot and enter a Time Pod blasting them back to a mystery location in Australia's past.

For a treat, why not book The Ultimate Museum Experience with a personalised tour, a meal and refreshments overlooking Lake Burley Griffin and more!

Daily Tours
10–11am Building and architecture tour
1–2pm Museum highlights tour
3–4pm First Australians tour

Please Note: As a precaution to help mitigate the risk posed by the COVID-19, we have temporarily ceased all public program activities including tours and school visits.

We will advise of any further changes via our website, and on our social media channels.

  • An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    An aerial view of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • First Australians Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    First Australians Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • First Australians Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    First Australians Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • Torres Strait Islander peoples gallery, Lag | Meta | Aus: Home in the Torres Strait
    Torres Strait Islander peoples gallery, Lag | Meta | Aus: Home in the Torres Strait
  • Torres Strait Islander peoples gallery, Lag | Meta | Aus: Home in the Torres Strait
    Torres Strait Islander peoples gallery, Lag | Meta | Aus: Home in the Torres Strait
  • The Journeys Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    The Journeys Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • The Journeys Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    The Journeys Gallery at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • The stunning lakefront view from the Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    The stunning lakefront view from the Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • The stunning lakefront view from the Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
    The stunning lakefront view from the Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • Kspace at the National Museum of Australia
    Kspace at the National Museum of Australia
  • Kspace at the National Museum of Australia
    Kspace at the National Museum of Australia

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 9am - 5pm; Closed on Christmas Day

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance.

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Suitable for guests with high support needs who uses a hoist and always travel with a carer.

Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.

Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision.

Location

National Museum of Australia

Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Cafe

Carpark

Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Non Smoking Establishment

Parents Room

Public Telephone

Restaurant

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 1990 REVIEWS

Ranked #20 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

Awards

  • Travelers Choice 2020

“Total disappointment”

Reviewed on 01/01/2021

Was eager to visit the museum again. The external architecture signals vibrant contemporary presentation. The NMA is the opposite.

A vacuous foyer that drowns a caravan and car display, and...

Review by

Helene G

“Interesting exhibitions”

Reviewed on 31/12/2020

We enjoyed strolling through the museum. There were many interesting exhibitions about Australians history. I liked also the architecture of the building.

Review by

EdiBa683

“Lots of space, not much art!”

Reviewed on 18/12/2020

If you’re into traditional European art you’re likely to be very disappointed as we were. Melbourne and Adelaide galleries are rich and have so much more than this gallery. For a gallery in the...

Review by

716craigk

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